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Mary H. Palmer, PhD, RNC, FAAN

Umphlet Distinguished Professor in Aging & Interim Chair, Adult and Geriatric Health Division

Phone: (919) 966-7204
Specialty Area: Gerontology

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
School of Nursing
Carrington Hall, CB #7460
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7460

Office: 533

Mary Happel Palmer, RN,C, PhD, FAAN, AGSF is the Helen W. and Thomas L. Umphlet Distinguished Professor in Aging in the UNC School of Nursing and interim co-director of and senior scientist at the Institute on Aging at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill. Dr. Palmer has conducted research, published, and lectured extensively for over 25 years on urinary incontinence and bladder health in adults. Her research has led to a better understanding of the incidence, correlates of, and risk factors for adult and geriatric urinary incontinence. Dr. Palmer’s current research investigates behaviors that affect bladder health and chronic symptom management. Her international collaborations aim to improve bladder health and geriatric care competencies in Korea, China, and Australia. Dr. Palmer currently serves on the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases External Expert Panel for the Lower Urinary Tract Dysfunction Research Network. She is the author of award winning articles and books on urinary continence and a member of the 5th International Consultation on Incontinence committee on incontinence in the frail elderly. Dr. Palmer is an Associate Editor of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society and serves on the editorial boards of Clinical Geriatrics, Faculty of 1000 Medicine, and Geriatric Nursing. Dr. Palmer serves on the International Continence Society’s Ethics Committee and served for two terms on the International Continence Society’s Nursing Committee. Dr. Palmer also serves on the Public Education Committee of the American Geriatrics. Dr. Palmer is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, the Gerontological Society of America, and the American Geriatrics Society. She received her BS in Nursing and Master of Science degrees from the University of Maryland at Baltimore, her PhD in Behavioral Sciences and Health Education from the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health (now Bloomberg School of Public Health), and received post-doctoral research training as a fellow in the intramural research program at the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Palmer also has an MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College, Plainfield, Vermont.